Saturday, March 20, 2010

We’re starting to plant!

Thanks once again to our friend Kirsten Akre, who runs three organic greenhouses for the Chicago Park District, Ginkgo has been able to get a headstart on seed-sowing this year. This was a great help for the 2009 season: we were able to take strong, happy plants to the garden once the danger of frost had passed (which in Chicago is, surprisingly, mid-May) instead of just beginning to sow seeds directly in the ground then. And, of course, despite having had a mild week, it was sleeting and snowing on our first Saturday in the greenhouse.

Nonetheless, we started by planting our ever-popular greens:
  • Georgia (southern) collards
  • Rhubarb swiss chard (red)
  • Red Russian kale
  • Dwarf Siberian kale
  • Dinosaur kale [not planted in 2009]
  • Winningstadt cabbage
  • Utah celery [not planted in 2009]

And we also planted some herbs:
  • Cilantro
  • Sweet basil (some labeled Genovese and some not)
  • Dark purple opal basil
  • Tarragon
  • Italian dark green parsley

Kirsten and her volunteers had already started trays and trays of seeds in anticipation of Kilbourn Park’s annual organic plant sale (May 15-16). It was very inspiring to see how well her plants were already doing.